01 May 2009:
‘Sample vedikettu’, the first round of fireworks at Thrissur Pooram, will be held on Friday.
Pyrotechnic wizards Mundathikkodu Mani and Vennur Rajan will turn the Thrissur skyline into a riot of colours.
Thousands of people are expected to gather at the Swaraj Round to watch the show. The district administration said that extensive security arrangements were in place.
Thiruvambady Devaswom will kick off the show around 7 p.m. The show by Paramekkavu Devaswom will follow.
Traffic along the Swaraj Round will be regulated between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. The district administration issued instructions that the pyrotechnic show should be held between 7 p.m. and 8.15 p.m.
An exhibition of ‘chamayam’ (elephant accoutrements) organised by the Paramekkavu Devaswom will begin on Friday. Thiruvambady will display its accoutrements at the CMS School on Saturday.
Revenue Divisional Officer P. K. Sudheer Babu urged Pooram organisers to strictly follow captive elephant management and fireworks safety rules.
“Organisers should submit relevant documents of elephants being featured in Pooram celebrations to the Deputy Superintendent of Police. Elephants in musth should be brought into Thrissur city from May 2 to 4. Organisers should check whether the elephants selected had behaved violently recently,” he said.